Janelle Monae Mourns Cousin's Death After Drive-By Shooting
Janelle Monae is in mourning after her cousin, a mother to three teenagers, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night (Aug. 30). Natasha Hays, 38, was shot several times in her Kansas City, Kansas, home by a gunman, who remains free according to Fox4.
The unfiltered songstress, who has long been a proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement, took to her timeline on Wednesday (Aug. 31) to remember her cousin and address the city's gun violence.
"Gun violence has struck home. My beautiful 1st cousin was murdered. She was a mother of 3. Loved by her community. #NatashaHays #sayhername," she tweeted. "#KansasCity #Gunviolence is still keeping our city in a dark place. The fear of "who is next?" never leaves. Praying4more light. Help us. Nobody deserves to lose their mother, sister, cousin, friend, etc to the hands of evil. Evil has no race. #Gunviolence #NatashaHays."
Hearing your uncle on the phone while he tries to make sense of his daughter being murdered is the most helpless feeling in the entire world— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 31, 2016
Hays was reportedly shot around 3:45 a.m. Police say there were three others -- her children ages 18, 16 and 14 -- in the home, but they were unharmed.
Monae also shared a link to the Kansas City Star story, urging her followers to "help us find the killer." She added, "Hearing your uncle on the phone while he tries to make sense of his daughter being murdered is the most helpless feeling in the entire world."